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April 13, 2010

So the other day I had a conversation with a good friend on comment policies. They actually turned off the ability for others to comment on their posts to their Facebook page. It got me thinking about a few things…

I have been blogging for more than a year and a half consistently now and one of the things I think I have wanted through all the blogging has been conversation. If you read my About page you will see that the main thing I wanted was for people to think through what I was writing. So with that, I was hoping for some dialogue. I can not say that has happened here at iambendavis.com.

Which brings me to this point… should I have a blog comment policy. I have seen all of the big name bloggers post what they will allow and not allow. Or should I have a Facebook page comment policy? What about Twitter? How much response should I be looking for out of the things I say online? I would love to hear your thoughts…

I know that through all the thinking that I have done in the past week on the subject I have come to this conclusion… I don’t need a comment policy on my blog. In fact I may never have one. But something I do feel is though I need to have one on my Facebook page.

So from this point on I am going to be monitoring all the comments on my Facebook page. If I can be honest I am sick of people thinking that we are friends or that we have some sort of relationship which gives them the right to rip my posts and tweets all the while hiding behind the internet and its lack of understanding tone through written word. If someone wants to rip me or be mean about something I said then they can do it over here at iambendavis.com

Your thoughts?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010 1:01 am

    Hey Ben, I can definitely feel you on people misunderstanding the tone of the written word. Because I am more sarcastic and relational, it is easy to either offend people or be taken out of context because you simply want to be chummy.
    I think this may create a larger dialogue of the changes of relationships that have happened since Facebook became a normal part of our lives. We share so much of our lives that it really robs us of the chances to get to know people naturally and at a pace that creates a solid foundation for a friendship.
    This was a good blog post because I am not sure when I would create a policy since the same people comment on my blog haha. When I get to be bigtime like you, maybe I will. =)

  2. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    April 14, 2010 9:14 am

    HA thanks for reading Ben. Communication is key in everything. BTW I am not trying to make it to “big time” blogger status.

  3. April 14, 2010 7:23 pm

    I have no idea how people can find something to rip on your posts about. I usually take the “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” approach to commenting on other people’s stuff. I don’t mind disagreeing with someone, but to rip someone up with a FB comment, how much “good” can come of that?

  4. April 15, 2010 12:57 pm

    Nah, you don’t need a policy. If something someone says is offensive to you simply delete it – you don’t have to explain why. I don’t know why we always feel that we must offer those who are being less than gracious to us an apology. We don’t have to enter into a fight, but it’s okay to ignore it. In fact it’s probably best to ignore it.

    But that said, thank you for not ignoring me a time or two Ben. 🙂 But if you had, or if you ever do I won’t be offended, I’ll figure I was being a poop head.

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